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SDA members spruce up Adelphi Police Station

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Members of the Orange District of Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Churches, in St James, came out in large numbers recently for a community project, which saw them doing beautification and repair works on the Adelphi Police Station.

The church members, who came from eight different congregations, spent the day weeding the station yard, painting and doing general repair works to the main station building and other surrounding structures. The project form a part of the activities for the 125th anniversary celebrations of the SDA church in Jamaica.

Trevor Reid, pastor of the Orange District of SDA Churches, said that, his district of congregations, which comprise Orange, Adelphi, Chatham, Dumfries, Canaan, Somerton, Little Ease and Irwin Heights, would also be partnering with the Adelphi police for better community relations and ministerial outreach.

"Our task is just to help them have a more workable situation so they can feel a little more comfortable, ... so they can serve us better. Instead of working on the station themselves, they will have more time to work with the citizenry," said Pastor Reid. "We are also going to adopt this station as our own. All eight congregations are involved as we are today."

"The Jamaica Union of Seventh-day Adventists has chosen to help the police stations right across Jamaica, so we will be having church members from different parts of Jamaica working, and all stations in Jamaica should be touched today by an SDA group," Pastor Reid added.

Sergeant Franklin Hunter, officer in charge of Adelphi Police Station, lauded the spirit of volunteerism, on display by SDA churches islandwide.

"This initiative today is well needed, and once the community decides to partner with the police in anything, that is positive this is the way we want to see it done to harness good community-police relationships," said Hunter. "We appreciate it and are giving our full backing to it."

The SDA Church's 125th anniversary celebration in Jamaica was launched on Saturday, October 3, with a church service at West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Montego Bay. It was held under the theme, 'Looking Back ... Reaching Forward with Christ.'

The church's series of celebratory activities will culminate on November 22 at the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Manchester, where representatives from the church's five conferences will take part in a church-heritage quiz and expo.

The university's NCU Radio will broadcast the quiz. Callers can participate in answering trivia questions related to the SDA church.